With the never-ending struggle for comic book creators’ rights in full swing, the men and women who make the magic happen behind the scenes for the comic book industry can use all the help they can get. It’s for this reason that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) was founded nearly thirty years ago.
While stories such as what continues to happen to Gerry Conway may dominate the blogosphere’s news cycle, there are those publishers doing what they can to help fund the fight to keep creators a vibrant part of the industry’s equation.
Today Dynamite Entertainment announced that they would be partnering with online bundling site Groupees.com to release a set of digital comic book bundles with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the CBLDF.
Included among the collections are classics like American Flagg and newer entries such as Django/Zorro, and the bundles all come with pay-as-you-want pricing (though some minimums do apply).
As a growing destination for mainstream creators looking to break free from the Big Two, Dynamite deserves a salute for doing their part to make sure that creators’ rights are as well defended as they possibly can be.
The complete list of titles can be found below.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
May 6, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, will host their second-ever comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 75 digital Dynamite comics with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry’s most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The bundle promotion begins today, Wednesday, May 6th, on the website Groupees.com.
Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide. The first tier of exciting digital content is unlocked with the dollar minimum investment, but consumers can double their take by reaching the $5.00 second tier. Dynamite offers a highly desirable batch of comics at the third tier for a $10.00 minimum investment.
For those who participate in the “Pay What You Want” initiative with considerable support, Dynamite will reward the top five contributors with special prizes. The Top Prize contributor will receive the original cover artwork to Masks #5 by comic book superstar Jae Lee (Batman/Superman). The second-highest contributor will receive an original illustration of him- or herself as a zombie, measuring 11″ by 17″ and illustrated by Ken Haeser (The Living Zombie). The third through fifth-highest contributors will each receive a headshot of the contributor as a zombie, also by Ken Haeser. Additionally, top-secret Group Bonuses will be unlocked for all consumers to enjoy when the overall orders reach certain thresholds.
The $1.00 Minimum Tier features pulp intrigue, beauties and beasts, tough-talkin’ private eyes, and mind-blowing horror, courtesy of some of the comic industry’s brightest stars: Frank Cho (The Mighty Avengers), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), David Walker (Cyborg), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn), and more! This accessible bundle includes 24 comics:
• Dawn/Vampirella #2
• Evil Ernie #1-#6
• Jungle Girl: Season One #0-#5
• Masquerade #1-#4
• Shaft #2
• The Spider #7-#12
The $5.00 Minimum Tier features 24 comics by the mainstream’s most beloved authors and movie directors, like the show writers and animators of Bob’s Burgers, Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), and Nancy A. Collins (Sunglasses After Dark), just to name a few. This bundle includes:
• Alice Cooper #4
• Blood Queen #1
• Bob’s Burgers #3
• Django/Zorro #3
• Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #4-#6
• Kevin Smith’s Kato #1-#5
• Pathfinder #7-#12
• Project Superpowers: Blackcross #2
• Purgatori #5-#6
• Vampirella: Feary Tales #3-#5
Finally, the $10.00 Minimum Tier features 31 comic books by industry legends Howard Chaykin (The Punisher) and Jim Starlin (the creator of Thanos from Marvel’s The Avengers), plus bestselling comic characters like Red Sonja, Ash Williams from the Army of Darkness movie franchise, Green Hornet, Vampirella, and more.
• American Flagg! #1-#6
• Army of Darkness: Ashes To Ashes #1-#4
• Legenderry: Green Hornet #1-#2
• Legenderry: Red Sonja #1-#2
• Legenderry: Vampirella #2
• Queen Sonja #1-#5
• Super Zombies #1-#5
• The Living Corpse: Exhumed #1-#6
Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, says, “Our first Groupees promotion was very successful as we brought in new fans to our industry. We’ve seen this with titles having re-orders through Diamond and digital sales getting a lift that were not there previously. This model is promising and can only help grow the fan base for comics, which in turn can bring more readers to the industry, and that is extremely exciting. We’re also creating a new model where we are adding subsequent issues to previous bundles so that the fans can continue their experience, which again, should grow the readership. With comics being – if not the only, then one of the only – forms of print that has grown side by side with digital, we’re proud to continue working with Thomas and his team to create more awareness of comics among their audience, who in turn will come into our industry and many of whom will then become ongoing readers.”
Part of the proceeds from the Dynamite Groupees Bundle will contribute to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.
Fans and curious newcomers are encouraged to visit Groupees.com beginning today to take advantage of Groupees’ second-ever comic bundle.
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards